Family fun day to raise funds for Ritchie

CRAIGROTHIE;'Ritchie Horrocks, age 3, with his family, dad DAVID, mum MOIRA, sisters EMILY, 7, & LILY, 4, who are launching a fund-raising campaign to buy special equipment for Ritchie, who has achondroplasia, or short-limbed dwarfism. 'photo; WALTER NEILSON
CRAIGROTHIE;'Ritchie Horrocks, age 3, with his family, dad DAVID, mum MOIRA, sisters EMILY, 7, & LILY, 4, who are launching a fund-raising campaign to buy special equipment for Ritchie, who has achondroplasia, or short-limbed dwarfism. 'photo; WALTER NEILSON
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A FAMILY fun day is to be held next month inspired by Ritchie Horrocks, the three-year-old Craigrothie boy who suffers from a rare form of achondroplasia, or short-limbed dwarfism.

Ritchie’s aunt, Carol Buchan, of Ladybank, has organised the event to help raise funds to buy the special equipment and adaptations Ritchie needs in order to get the most out of life.

It will be held at the Ladybank Tavern between 2pm and midnight on Saturday, September 17, and will feature attractions such as a bouncy castle and face painting for the kids and a disco and karaoke for grown-ups.

Carol has already raised around £200 by selling home baking and from donations.

A fund was set up to help Ritchie about two weeks ago with the help of the Fife Herald.

His parents, David and Moira, who also have two daughters, were frustrated by a lack of assistance from social services, and decided the only way they could get the adaptations their precious son so badly needs was by raising funds themselves.

An intelligent, happy boy, Ritchie sustained damage to his spinal cord during life-saving neurosurgery aged just seven months and now has very limited use of his limbs.

He can’t do anything for himself physically and needs specialist equipment to help him grow and develop.

For more information about the fun day, or to make a donation, call Carol on 01337 831650 or 07729 950299.